Cort Core-OC Series review

They may look almost identical, but it’s the body woods that make all the difference for this trio – and they’re outstandingly affordable, too

Cort Core-OC series
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

All-solid woods, amazing build quality, stage-ready plus a very nice gigbag thrown in? These models really are a no-brainer.


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    Splendid builds.

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    Mahogany model is good and punchy acoustically.

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    It's louder than the others when amplified.

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    Spruce model offers great value traditional OM sounds.


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    Mahogany model is a little midrange heavy when plugged in.

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    The Spruce's Trans Black finish might put the purists off.

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    Blackwood is an outsider in the top-wood world, so shock of the new may deter some.

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In a slight diversion away from our more customary ‘round-up’ review where we take similar models from different manufacturers and compare them, this time we’ve taken a trio from a single maker. Why? Because Cort’s Core-OC range shown here features instruments that are identical in terms of build and only differ in the all-solid timber used for their tops, backs and sides, and so it seems an excellent opportunity to explore the theory that different woods offer a subtle difference in tone.

Cort itself says, “These carefully crafted instruments are all-solid wood and we offer them in three tonewood options to allow you to select the exact sound that you prefer.” Which is kinda what we just said. But the company continues: “The idea behind the Core range is that Cort wanted to make an all-solid electro-cutaway at a price point a beginner could afford, but with no compromises on build quality or specification, that could be used on any stage.” All admirable stuff.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.